Kobe Shatto, the Valley Buffaloes’ best pitcher and batter all year, was named the 1A MVP by the Deseret News last week.

Shatto threw a one-hit shutout in the championship game 10-0 victory over Wayne. He faced 24 batters, only three more than the minimum number to throw a perfect game. The win avenged a 7-6 loss in the regular season finale to Wayne, which cost Valley a share of the region crown.

Shatto finished the year with a 6-0 record, throwing 47 strikeouts. He was also the team’s leading hitter with a .493 batting average, including four homers and 35 hits.

Shatto had aggravated a rotator cuff injury the week before the tournament started and he couldn’t even pitch in the quarterfinals. He played left field to keep his throws to a minimum.

In the semifinals three days later, Shatto only pitched to the final two batters, as he helped preserve a 4-3 semifinal victory over Tabiona. Shatto’s success pitching to those two batters, however, gave everyone confidence to put him on the mound in the 1A championship game a day later – even though nobody knew how long he’d last.

“We asked him if he was going to be able to do it and he said, ‘You’re not going to keep me away from it,’” said coach Joseph Sorensen.

What he did in the championship, pitching through pain, was his greatest accomplishment of the season.